Frosted Amaretto Brownies
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Recipe Type: Dessert, chocolate
 
Ideal to satisfy a chocolate craving with a twist, amaretto spruces up the frosting and the batter for a seriously special dessert. Brownies can be stored in the fridge for up to one week or frozen for longer storage Adapted from King Arthur Flour.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp Amaretto (can sub almond extract)
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp espresso powder (optional, for enhanced chocolate flavor)
  • ½ tsp salt
for the frosting:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ⅔ cup cocoa
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1½ tsp almond extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Melt the butter and chocolate together in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until melted and smooth. Mix in the sugar, stirring to combine. Remove from heat and allow to cool until lukewarm.
  3. Mix in the lightly beaten eggs along with the Amaretto, stirring to combine. Stir in the flour, espresso powder (if using), and salt, mixing gently until thoroughly combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before icing.
  5. To make the icing, combine the melted butter and cocoa, stirring until smooth. Mix in the confectioners' sugar alternately with the milk, beating on medium speed. Mix in the almond extract. Spread the icing on the cooled brownies.
  6. Cover and refrigerate brownies for at least 1 hour before serving so that frosting can set. Cut brownies into squares and serve.
Recipe by Honest Cooking at http://honestcooking.com/frosted-amaretto-brownies/